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Woods' comeback continues with second place finish

Tiger Woods had his best result in years at the Valspar Championship

March 11, 2018 - 4:55 pm

Joe DiBiase reporting

It has been a long road back for Tiger Woods in the golf scene. The 42-year old has battled through personal issues and injuries, and has not won a PGA Tour tournament since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

At the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, Woods was the tournament leader after 36 holes. In the end, Woods came up just short of winning his 80th career PGA Tour event, and his first tournament in 32 PGA Tour events. However, the performance was a great sign of improvement in his comeback after undergoing back surgery about a year ago.

Woods came into Sunday one shot off the lead, but a birdie on the first hole brought him to a share of the lead. However, Woods went cold with the putter as he hit 10 of his first 14 greens, but was not able to climb up the leaderboard more. On the 17th hole, Woods made things interesting as he sinks a 44-foot birdie putt to bring himself to within a shot of the lead with one hole to play.

On the 18th hole, Woods left his second shot about 35-feet short of the hole and was unable to sink a very difficult putt to tie the lead. He ended up putting for par on the final hole, and finishing the tournament tied for second place.

The Valspar Championship was Woods' fifth tournament of the year. His best finish of the year, to this point, was a ninth place finish at the Hero World Challenge. Woods has also placed 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open, 12th at the Honda Classic, and missed the cut at the Genesis Open. Four of five cuts and a couple top-10 finishes is a good sign heading towards Augusta.

The Masters begin on Thursday April 5th. The latest odds have Woods as high as 12/1 to win at Augusta, which is tied for the third best odds.

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